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Vintage Recipe or Washington Scandal? Watergate Salad

December 15, 2016

Apparently, I have been using the term “vintage” wrong. It applies to something that was in popular vogue in the past, went into a period of being “out of date,” but has now resurfaced again as being popular.


I just thought it meant old. Sort of a euphemism for “antique.”


In regards to recipes being “vintage,” I found nothing on the internet. Frankly, I have a hard time calling recipes “antique.” In my mind, antique denotes worn or frayed edges, and/or possible wear and tear from being used. Sometimes it just means old.


I certainly don’t wish to eat “old” food. Just saying.


So in the future, just so my readers know, I will dub these recipes “vintage” and go on with my merry Christmasing and beyond. And this week I wish to bring to you an oldie but goodie – Watergate Salad.


This recipe has graced the tables at our Christmas feasts since I first made it in high school nearly thirty years ago. A quick sidedish, it is great for putting together ahead of time and then, as it chills in the refrigerator, the cook can move to other things. It has a “sweet” look and a sweet taste, and if you take it to pot luck dinners and the like, where no one remembers it, it will get placed with the desserts as a pudding if you are not careful. (By the way, double it for potluck dinners. It goes fast as everyone oohs and aahs not only at the taste but the memories as well.)




Picture from http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/watergate-salad-53771.aspx.


As for the history of Watergate Salad, most folks think it has something to do with the Watergate Scandal which burst forth during the Nixon Administration in the mid-70s. The real origin of the name, however, is a bit more obscure and sketchy.


The dish was created by Kraft Corporate Affairs in 1975, the same year that pistachio pudding arrived on store shelves. Not even the Kraft company can substantiate the origin of the name